Sweet sounds of The Isaacs, Bowling to bless Renaissance audience

Release Date: 9/7/2001. Expired: 10/18/2001

They’ve been nominated for some of music’s highest honors, including a Grammy. In 1999 they were named the Southern Gospel Bluegrass Group of the Year. But what means the most to The Isaacs is that they aspire to a much loftier calling as they fashion their own special joyful noise unto the Lord.

This Southern Gospel Bluegrass family will bring its message, wrapped in its own brand of sweet harmony, to The Renaissance Center Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Performance Hall.

Their latest hits, “He Understands My Tears” and “Stand Still,” the title track for their newest CD, have brought critical acclaim for The Isaacs. Besides their popularity on Southern Gospel radio, they have made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and were featured guests on CBS Television’s production of Opryland Country Christmas.

Based out of LaFollette, Tn., The Isaacs have been traveling for nearly 30 years.

Lily Fishman Isaacs, vocalist and matriarch, was born in Germany after WWII and is the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors. In 1971 she became a Christian. She has been singing all of her life and had a folk album released on Columbia Records in 1968. She was also involved in off-Broadway theatre.

Ben Isaacs is the oldest of three children and the only son. He sings and plays bass for the group and produced the last three projects, one of which won a Dove Award for Bluegrass Gospel Album of the Year. In December 1997, Ben married Krystal Crabb of Owensboro, Ky.

Sonya Isaacs Surrett is a talented singer and songwriter as well as an accomplished musician, her instrument of choice being the mandolin. She has received several awards and in 1993 was voted Horizon Individual at the Singing News Fan Awards.

Rebecca Isaacs Bowman is a vocalist and guitarist for the group. She also writes, plays the piano, dobro, banjo and just about any other instrument she touches. She has been nominated for several awards.

John Bowman, an accomplished singer and musician, married Rebecca in 1994. He previously traveled with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and Alison Krauss and Union Station. John sings and plays guitar and banjo with The Isaacs. In August of 1997 he was called into the ministry, so when The Isaacs arenít on the road, John spends his time holding revivals. John and Rebecca have one son, Levi.

Tim Surrett was lead vocalist and bass player for the legendary Kingsmen Quartet for seven years. In July 1995, he married Sonya and joined The Isaacs. With his dynamic vocal ability and fine musicianship he adds a finishing touch to this already established group.

Adam Steffy, now a permanent member of The Isaacs, joined the group when Sonja took a short leave of absence with Vince Gill during his summer tour in 1998. Previously he played mandolin with Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Opening for The Isaacs is Mike Bowling, who is carving out his own niche in the genre.

Singing since the age of nine, Bowling also taught himself to play piano. For the next few years he sang regularly at his church and at age 16 he left his home in London, Ky., for Atlanta, Ga., where he sang with the legendary LeFevres. For two years he traveled with the group but left to go to college to get his degree in respiratory therapy. He and his family formed the group Family Tradition and they traveled for 10 years.

In 1995 Bowling joined The New Hinsons and sang on several of their chart-topping songs. Later that year he began performing with another legendary group, The Perrys, where he sang lead with the mixed quartet for four years and also was involved with song selections and arrangements.

While singing with The Perrys, Bowling met his future wife, Kelly Crabb, and in 1998 the couple married. Since Kelly belonged to the popular Crabb Family gospel group, she and her husband traveled separately until Mike felt led by the Lord to go solo. In 1999 he launched his debut album, “All That I Am,” and began touring with The Crabb Family.

Bowling’s latest release, “The Call,” features his hit single “Thank God For the Preacher,” which is currently sitting in the top five on the gospel charts.

Tickets for the gospel show are $10 and go on sale Sept. 7. For more information or to purchase tickets for this event call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5600.

The Renaissance Center is located at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 minutes west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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